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Literary festival gets intimate

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope
Special to the Daily Carolyn Pope Author Peter Shelton with Nicole Magistro.
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With the closing of the mountain, a plethora of authors arrived at the annual Festival of Words to stimulate the minds of local literary aficionados.

The three-day festival was aptly titled, “The Booklovers’ Wellness Weekend: Feeding the Body, Mind and Literary Spirit.”

The event gives people who love to read the chance to meet nationally recognized authors and to hear their stories. Of course, the weekend features not only delicacies for the mind, but for the body as well, as the weekend takes place at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa.



Each attendee has the chance to enjoy the spa services and cuisine that Beaver Creek has to offer.

This year’s lineup included a spectrum of styles – poetry, humor, drama, non-fiction, autobiography.



The series opened with the very popular “wine and wit,” with a poetry reading by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer from Telluride along with friends Art Goodtimes, Ellen Marie Mettick and musician Pat Hamilton.

The event was also attended by master of ceremonies Susan Zimmerman, Gail Tsukiyama, Gregory Maguire, Haven Kimmel, Kent Nelson and Peter Shelton.

On April 17, Sawatch Hall at the Hyatt hosted an afternoon with authors of “must read” books, and that evening, the authors joined some supporters at an intimate setting at the home of Kim and Alison Knapp in Mountain Star.



“We’ll have fun no matter where we are,” Trommer said. “It’s the most incredible venue we’ve performed in. It raises poetry to a new level.”

Goodtimes, however, had a simple explanation for his presence.

“They invited me.”

“It’s a world class event, a gift to the community,” said Ebby Pinson of the Vail Symposium. “We’ll just keeping working at it.”

A majority of those who attend the event come from the Front Range, a fact that has organizers a little baffled. “It’s a fabulous opportunity,” Pinson said. “The tickets are half-rate for teachers.”

The event is sponsored by the Bookworm bookstore in Edwards, Verbatim bookstore in Vail and the Vail Symposium.


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